Deepavali Asthanam At Tirumala

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On November 3, 2013; Vijaya Varusha Aippasi Swathi, Deepavali Asthanam was performed at the Bangaru Vakilli in Tirumala temple. The ‘Deepavali Asthanam’ was preceded by special rituals like Vishesha Padi and presentation of new silk Vastrams to the main deity followed by a procession taken out around the Vimana Prakaram inside the temple by Tirumala Pedda Jeeyar accompanied by Chinna Jeeyar, temple priests and and other TTD officials. The processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy was flanked by his two consorts on either sides seated on a special palanquin facing opposite to Garudazhwar inside Bangaru Vakili. The processional deity of Commander-in-Chief of Lord Venkateswara, Sri Vishwaksenar, was seated on another seat to the left side of the Lord. Special pujas including Rupee Coin Harati and Pratyeka Harati were offered to the Lord amidst chanting of vedic hymns by temple priests. After the Theertham, shadari and prasadams were offered to the bhaktas who took part in the festival. (It may be noted that photography is prohibited beyond Vendi Vakilli and hence there are no photographs of the utsavarmoorthys available.)

The following are a couple of photographs taken during procession of new vastrams being carried by Pedda Jeeyar near the Dwajasthambam…

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